Jesus continually teaches us to be kind, loving, compassionate and forgiving. Why? You ask. The answer is really simple; He is all those things. He calls us as Christians (followers of Christ) to be all those things. We can’t truly be Christians if we don’t have those things or the fruits of the spirit with us ( Galatians 5:22).
We never truly know or see what someone is facing externally or internally. Everyone has struggles. Everyone has pain. Everyone makes a mistake. As Christians, it is our duty to act as much like Christ as we we can. We will never be perfect, it is impossible; however, He tells us to strive to live our lives according to Him.
So, if you call yourself a “Christian” and yet you are NOT kind, compassionate, loving, forgiving or carry the fruits of the spirit with you, you aren’t living up to Jesus example. You can’t be a follower of Christ and harbor bitterness. You can’t call yourself a Christian and not forgive others. How can you minister to others if you lack forgiveness, compassion, love, etc. You can’t. The Bible says in Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your offenses.” You can’t be a Christian and not forgive or not love people.
Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself as that. It is living a Christian life. It is spreading the gospel of Jesus to this world. This world is filled with people who are hurting. People who think they have no escape. People who are constantly being lied to by the enemy. We as Christians are there to be the light of Jesus to those who are hurting. My challenge to you today is to be a CHRISTIAN. Forgive those you’re angry with. Love everyone, even your enemies. Show compassion. Be a shoulder to cry on. Be an example of Christ. You never know how your kindness or love could change or even save someone’s life and soul. Carry Jesus with you and watch as people’s lives you touch change! Xoxo
“And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.”
Ephesians 4:32 CSB